Field Trip!

The first week of class has been great here at berliner ID. I have awesome teachers, the other students come from all over the world, and I feel like I am improving very quickly. I tested into level B 1.2, which I am very happy with. We had to have class on Saturday, September 5th […]

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A Wall and a Memorial

The first part of my second day in Berlin was spent preparing to move to my apartment the next day. I bought a day ticket for the public transportation system (city train, bus, tram, and subway), and proceeded to figure out how to get from the hotel to the apartment. It was surprisingly easy: a […]

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First Day in Berlin

I started the day with breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast in Germany is a little different. It consisted of rolls, deli meats, and fresh fruit like peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. There were also hardboiled eggs, various breads and spreads, and cereal. After breakfast, I grabbed my backpack and camera, and hit the streets. Not knowing […]

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, or in my case, a 6 hour drive to Chicago. With the help of my parents, we made it there safely and with plenty of time to spare. I even convinced them to take a unplanned detour to the Tippecanoe battlefield memorial! It was […]

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Saying Goodbye is Hard

I leave in less than a week! As I prepare to depart, I would be remiss if I did not stop to thank everyone who has helped me get here: family, teachers, and friends. I will miss all of you, and can’t wait to share all of my German adventures with you!

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Doing Deutschland Part 2- The How

Next thing I knew, I had graduated high school and was attending orientation at UAH. We had been given dorm tours, talked with faculty and current students, and now we were registering for classes. It was frustrating, to say the least. Trying to balance project heavy classes and getting the professors older students recommended, and […]

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Doing Deutschland Part 1- The Why

So I’m going to Germany. For 11 months. It feels unreal, but the excitement grows everyday my plane flight gets closer. So does the nervousness. I’m leaving everything I know behind: friends, family, even my language. So why Germany? The start of this story goes all the way back to 1896, when my great-great-great grandparents […]

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